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Mariners, Angels reportedly acquire more bonus money aimed for Ohtani

Mariners, Angels reportedly acquire more bonus money aimed for Ohtani

Banuelos immediately becomes the top catching prospect in the Twins' system, ahead of 2016 second-rounder Ben Rortvedt and projected 2018 backup Mitch Garver, their minor league player of the year. In 65 games at the plate, he hit.332/.403/.540 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 16 doubles.

The Twins, who had $3.25 in global bonus money available, then picked up outfielder Jacob Pearson from the Angels.

This is significant because the Mariners and Angels are two of seven teams still in the running for Ohtani, who profiles as both a potential ace on the mound and impact hitter at the plate, and Ohtani is subject to the strict bonus limits that cover July 2 global free agents.

Los Angeles paid Pearson, 19, above slot at $1 million to keep him from signing with LSU after taking him in the third round in June. He was a fifth-round pick out of Long Beach State. He was drafted by the Angels out of West Monroe (La.) High School. "I am Offically a Twin and can not be more excited!" The other four finalists - the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants - are restricted during this global signing period to no more than $300,000 in any individual signing bonus.

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Whichever team lands the free agent from Japan will acquire arguably the top prize on the free-agent market.

Only the Texas Rangers can offer the 23-year-old two-way phenom more money with $3.535 million available in their global bonus pool. The Rangers, Cubs and Padres also met with Ohtani on Tuesday.

Ohtani, the 23-year-old two-way star, is not believed to put a high priority on finances as he makes his decision, which must come by December 22. The Twins announced the deal will send $1 million in bonus funds to the Mariners for the 21-year-old catcher. Marte had vision problems during his physical. Atlanta's worldwide scouting scandal made free agents of 12 players (the Angels have reportedly already agreed to terms with former Braves prospect Kevin Maitan).


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